Wasn't there a time in Russia where Islam flourished under the Tsars?
And Eastern Catholicism was made illegal?
Besides I am not basing my opinions on history.
So how would you base opinion "religious states have always failed but wen this time we create one it won't"?
Um, what exactly are you talking about? I'm being serious here because I believe we are talking about two separate things. In America, religion is kept as primarily a private enterprise. We make it a point to keep our religious convictions at home and put on something PC for our jobs. You have many folks who are Christians at home but when they go to work it's a different story. That's one example. As far as I have understood our society, it is never a good thing to talk about religion in public even if there are those in a certain populace that are in general agreement.
Americans will stand in church every Sunday when they get to LARP as a Christian, then once the services are over it's back to the real religion that drives everything we do: consumerism. We just had our biggest feast day yesterday as consumers, did you see the festivities?
EDIT: Just to clarify, I am critiquing a certain thing about Americans who consider themselves to be Christians. As I said, I am not sure why we keep religion almost like a taboo. I may have an answer, which is everybody has an opinion on what they believe and that's fine, there is no objective truth, but merely subjective and we cannot argue with others about it. Maybe it's just in Colorado, but I hardly see alot of Gospel preaching. For some like orthonorm, that's a good thing.
I am one of those who believe religion, if we actively practice it, should be in everything we do, and part of that is sharing our faith with others.
It's like that great platitude the Orthodox say about Orthodoxy in America "It's America's greatest secret!", well why make it a secret? Most of the religious conversations I have with folks is "Oh so what do you believe?" and they will answer whatever religion they follow and that ends the conversation.
I am always happy to hear from the few that like to discuss what they believe because it's obvious how important they value their religion. And I have alot of respect for those who place an importance on it because what is more important? We shouldn't be lukewarm with what we believe in, and that's part of what drew me to dig deeper into what I actually believe.
No point of having a religion if you aren't going to be fully committed to it, but maybe I'm being extreme here.